Swansea City: James Beattie appointed first-team coach

James Beattie celebrates scoring for Southampton
James Beattie scored more than 100 goals in a career that saw him play for Southampton, Everton and Stoke City in the Premier League.

Former England striker James Beattie has been appointed first-team coach at Swansea City.

The 37-year-old played alongside Swans manager Garry Monk at Southampton.

He will share first-team coaching duties with Kristian O'Leary and Alan Curtis, and will be responsible for coaching the forwards.

"James... will be given specific responsibility to work on a technical level with our attacking players," Monk told the club's website.

Beattie made more than 200 appearances for Southampton and played five times for England.

Beattie's career
Beattie's playing career began at Blackburn and took him to Southampton, Everton, Sheffield United, Stoke, Rangers and Blackpool before he joined Accrington Stanley in November 2012
Combined transfer fees paid for him totalled more than £14m
He won his first England cap against Australia in February 2003 and went on to win five in total, without scoring
His club career included 497 appearances and he scored 141 goals

After retiring, he spent 16 months as Accrington manager, having initially been a player-coach at the Lancashire club.

Stanley finished 15th in League Two in the 2013-14 season and Beattie left the Crown Ground by mutual consent in September 2014.

He spent a week with the Swans shadowing Monk in January 2015.

"I've known James for a long time," added Monk.

"He is intelligent, has a great knowledge of the game from his experiences as a player, coach and manager; plus he thinks about the game in the same way as myself."

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